Security researchers from GuardianApp claim that dozens of popular iPhone applications secretly send information about users ‘ location to third-party monetization.
Yesterday we talked about the popular app AdWare doctor on the Mac, which in addition to blocking ads collected information about your browser history and send it to servers in China. As it turned out, a number of popular iOS apps are also equipped with hidden features, which the developers have prudently silent.
All applications that are involved in fraud, collected data Bluetooth LE Beacon, the GPS coordinates and the name of the Wi-Fi SSID. Below is the list of viruses:
- Code Scanner
- Coupon Sherpa
- Weather Live
- The Coupons App
- SnipSnap Coupon
- С25К 5K trainer
These applications if you install the necessary access to the location for correct operation, but nowhere is it stated that the program will send the received information to outside organizations in order to earnings a common.
The researchers argue that the information sent can include the exact location of the user and other sensitive materials, which can help to track down the owner of the device.
If you use anything from this list and do not want to delete the app go to “settings” – “privacy” – “ad” and activate the “limit tracking”. You can also restrict access to your location in the settings of the above programs, but it can affect the correctness of their work.